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We are thrilled to announce that on 26th September 2017, MRI won the Innovation Award at the 2017 TrustLaw Awards for its work in creating the “first LGBTI safe house in the UK”.
The Innovation Award recognises MRI’s work with the international law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges which supported MRI with a variety of legal advice including tax, property and much more.
Through the pro bono legal assistance provided by Weil, MRI was able to qualify for Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR), a tax incentive which enables qualifying individuals to receive 30% tax relief on their investment. Pro-bono assistance was facilitated by TrustLaw, a Thomson Reuters Foundation programme that helps NGOs and social enterprises from around the world access high-quality legal support.
The temporary accommodation will support MRI’s existing social inclusion activities targeted at the integration of LGBTI refugees, including peer support groups, and life skills and employability workshops.
The first safe house has already opened its doors and the first LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees have moved in. MRI is already working on a second safe house which should open in the autumn.
For more information on the project please also read “First safe house for LGBTI refugees” and “LGBTI rights social enterprise triumphs at TrustLaw Awards”.
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For more information about MRI’s work with LGBTI refugees and asylum seekers in the UK please contact Moud Goba, Project Manager